This Day in Jewish History, 1820 A Rabbi Who Urged the Orthodox to Join the World Is Born

Azriel Hildesheimer was appalled by the Reform movement but worked with it on issues of common interest, like battling anti-Semitism.

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May 20, 1820, is the birthdate of Azriel Hildesheimer, the Berlin rabbi who played a central role in the formulation of modern Orthodoxy, reconciling traditional Torah Judaism with the idea of integration into...